20 October, 2017

Rajapaksa’s Daily Cost To Taxpayer A Staggering Rs 23.4 Million: Sobitha Thera

Convener of the National Movement for Social Justice, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha thera who is spearheading the campaign to abolish Executive Presidency has stated it is high time for the present presidential system that has dragged the country into depths of a corrupt and lawless reign, is abolished.

SobithaSpeaking at the Hindu Cultural Center in Kandy, Sobitha thera who is also the Common Candidate in the offing at the upcoming Presidential Elections, has described the Executive Presidency as a ‘curse’ that has to be broken if better days are to dawn for Sri Lanka.

He has pointed out the prevalent presidential system implemented by-force by former President JR Jayewardene was one that has been continuously criticised since its implementation by national leaders including Sirimavo Bandaranaike and NM Perera.

“Whomever the individual who wields the power of the Executive Presidency is not bound by laws that governs other citizens and neither is he/she accountable to the country’s parliamentary system, Constitution or the judiciary,” Sobitha thera had noted at the event while adding it is a system that was rejected even by the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa until he took over the reins.

He had asserted that although President Rajapaksa made pledges to abolish the Executive Presidency in his election manifesto – the Mahinda Chinthana and even walked from Kataragama to Colombo in objection of the system, he is now backtracking on his promise and has already altered the system in order to contest for Presidency repeatedly through the implementation of the 18th amendment.

“The daily expenses of the Executive President is close to Rs. 23,400,000 – its a financial burden, which the country cannot afford. Moreover, it is also influencing and interfering with every segment of the country’s administration as reflected by the rampant favouritism and nepotism within the foreign service where even military men who have committed cold blooded murders in Rathupaswala and Katunayake have been given diplomatic postings,” Sobitha thera had stated.

He had gone on to state that the prevalent system is one in which drug lords and thugs can survive and thrive due to the heavy financial costs involved instead of ordinary, law abiding citizens.

Sobitha thera speaking further had also expressed concern over the widespread corruption within the judicial system and the widespread development and arbitrary donations given to foreign nations according to the whims and fancies of the President – case in point, the one million USD donation to Palestine – while farmers consume poison unable to grapple their deteriorating financial situations.

“For a country as large as India there are only 24 Ministers but in Sri Lanka there are 23 ministers in charge of portfolios relating to Agriculture alone and yet, look at how the vegetable prices have skyrocketed within the past few years,” he had stated.

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    When JRJ introduced the Executive Presidency to Sri Lanka, we had gentleman Politicians and there were no criminals, murderers, rapists, drug dealers and terrorists in the Legislature. He overlooked or never thought for a moment the consequences if a power crazy lunatic creeps into that position. The entire Nation is now paying for that terrible mistake. God save former Democratic Sri Lanka.

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      Haha gentleman politics under JR? What have you been smoking? JR’s administration is where thugs and criminals started creeping into the influence of politicos at the very top. Or have we forgotten such famous incidents such as Gonawala Sunil’s infamous pardon?

      JR was the one who started with this underworld nonsense, taken to new heights under Preme, maintained under CBK, and then set new records under the current fellow.

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        kp, Namal must have had a long drag on a big ‘J’ to think of JR and his era as free of political scum, thugs et al. I can say that the era’s of DS, Dudley, SWRD(with all his other faults),Sirima (in her 60’s reign possibly) were the only times when the scales were tipped on the side of decency in our political classes. After that it was all downhill.

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        kp, Namal must have had a long drag on a big ‘J’ to think of JR and his era as free of political scum, thugs et al. I can say that the era’s of DS, Dudley, SWRD(with all his other faults),Sirima (in her 60’s reign possibly) were the only times when the scales were tipped on the side of decency in our political classes. After that it was all downhill!

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      Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera,

      “Convener of the National Movement for Social Justice, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha thera who is spearheading the campaign to abolish Executive Presidency has stated it is high time for the present presidential system that has dragged the country into depths of a corrupt and lawless reign, is abolished.”

      Yes, The country needs you right now, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha.

      The People need you, even though the politicians and their goon monks who rum amok do not need you because they want to continue their corruption.

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        Firstly, Ven. Sobhitha or for any monk has no business in getting into the business of laymen. You are supposed to be help practice buddhism through the temple. Not through the parliament. Let laymen do theirs and as a monk you do yours. Do laymen go to do the business of the Sangha? NO. Do Sangha like laymen trying to do the business of Sangha? I bet your answer is an emphatic NO. If you look carefully, all these troubles in SL began after the monks began starting politics for its perks and other privilages. I am buddhist and you have made me feel ashamed to be a buddhist.

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      During JRJ regime, impersonation and casting others vote was rampant. ID cards were there but the government refused to mandate it as a must to cast the vote. Many a famous opposition candidate’s backers such as Wijaya Kumaratunge were jailed on trumped up charges. That’s how JRJ won 1982 presidential elections. Worse, when the opposition candidate Denzil Kobbekaduwa went to the polling booth to cast his vote someone has already used it. That was the democracy under JRJ. Today not even half such bad things occur.

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        Hector K, wathie, not Denzil. Denzil had a stickier end: he got blown up – still dunno whether by LTTE or some internal agent. Hector had been the main Opp candidate in the Prez election that was held 2 months before the Referendum. Then 2 months later, despite an LSSP observer being present in the polling station (at Lindsay Girls’s School), the impersonation of hector was carried out without a whimper from anyone. Of course, the sole opposition agent (LSSP) being drunk, which I discovered when I visited that polling station that morning, didnt help matters.
        If anyone thinks the politicians were gentlemen (or even ladies) in that era, they must have been born long after it. Few seasoned politicians today have had clean hands when it comes to using or engaging thuggery, etc., when they were in office.

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          Manel, Sorry for mixing up the two names, Denzil and Hector. And many thanks for rectifying the error.

    • 1
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      Whatever the issues with EP, this old man should be kept away from power.
      The country safe anyway, because, Ranil, Fonny or anyone else doesn’t want the old man to be the common candidate.

      • 1
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        Hello Mr. Gal’a’boda
        Did you forget the ‘a’ between letters or was a deliberate mistake to hide your identity? I am pretty sure you are the No. 1 crook of the ‘cheevaradharees’ in Sorry Lanka the famous young ‘nigantaya’ residing at that ‘Hora Guhawa’, Gangaramaya?.

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    Rev Sobitha’s efforts must be supported by all right thinking people irrespective of political affiliations if the country is to be saved from this corrupt and authoritarian regime.The message of the Thero does not get much coverage in the media and steps need to be taken to convey it to the rural massess through political parties, NGo’s particularly the Sarvadoya movement which has a good network through out the country and the Buddhist temples..A third term for the incumbent President will be a disaster for the nation.

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      Agreed, but at the same time, people both at the top level and the general voter population need to understand that getting rid of the EP is just the first step. The EP was not what dragged this country into a civil war, for instance: the stepping stones to that was laid under jokers like SWRD, long before the EP came calling.

      This country needs more than just abolishing the EP: it needs the majority Sinhalese to get rid of this ridiculous inferiority complex that simultaneously gives them a massive ego and keeps making them lash out at the minorities.

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        kp,
        Do not talk nonsense. SWRD wasn’t the reason to start the civil warin Sri Lanka. On the contrary it is the formation of ITAK or Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi, இலங்கைத் தமிழரசுக் கட்சி by Chelva in 1949 is the root cause for the build up of extremism in then Ceylon. Though Chelva and co called ITAK the ‘Federal Party'(FP) in English to fool non Tamils, the actual Tamil meaning of ITAK is state party in English or ‘රාඡ්‍ය පක්ෂය’ in Ssinhala. As such Chelva and his band continued to pursue his work such as sathyagraha etc towards separatism just like the their cousins of the DK party in Tamil Nadu at the time. Formation of SLFP by SWRD in 1952 was a direct response to Chelva’s ITAK.

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          Wathie misleads herself. The seeds of Sinhala extremism and hatred against Muslim, Indian (Hindu) and other foreign communities living in the Island was sown initially by that Christian pseudo-nationalist who named himself Anagarika Dharmapala to fool the Buddhist mass. By that time he had already double-crossed the well meaning Col. Henry Olcott.
          Chelva’s FP came far later. Please don’t try to hide the fact SJVC campaigned against Navaratnam, who was for a Separate State, in the early 1960s. You have a duty to educate the present day generation of events in an opaque and confused period of our history. The Separate State cry of the FP/SJVC came in much later and was made official in the Vaddukottai Resolution (1976) In the changed conditions in the island since then TNA, speaking for the majority of Tamils in the island, has dropped the idea of a Separate State.

          Arasu, directly translated, means Kingdom. Surely you know that in the 1960s there was no room for a Tamil King or Kingdom in the Island. What you make a mountain out of calculated mischief really is a molehill in common expression. The word Federal translated into Tamil will need many words to find clear expression – and, hence, Arasu. Also, by that time the local voter was fairly politically mature and could not be easily mislead. See what happened to the strong and numerically strong Tamil support to the LSSP after NM, Colvin and company capitulated to find positions in Mrs. B’s Cabinet jettisoning their long held position on parity to the 2 languages. Tamils deserted them in the multiple thousands.

          Rajya Pakshaya you refer to would amount to the Royal Party – a curiously anachronistic and unacceptable name for a political party at that stage of our political evolution.

          Kettikaran

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            Kettikaran

            wathie, nuisance, tresa, sarojini, sach, OTC, mechanic, Banda, Navin, Vibushana and few others are obsessed with rewriting past and present history of this island.

            They believe they are doing a good job at creative writing however they don’t realise is that they are making fool of themselves.

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              Here we go the so called native vedda, the kallathoni from the East.

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      @yus

      That is why this bugger sought specialized medical care and attention in the U.S. He will of course seek a third term but Providence plays an important role and I hope this authoritarian regime ends up in the cess pit where they rightfully belong!

  • 14
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    My hope is that the Rev. Sobitha has trustworthy people around him to ensure his safety. Desperate people do desperate things and it is much better to err on the side of safety than to regret after the damage has occurred.

    The campaign to confront the corruption of the present regime is no joke for the beneficieries of said corruption. For them, this is fight between life as they know it, and life on the run!

    Anybody brave enough to speak to these ills must have the passive and aggressive levels of protection to make sure their message will not be silenced.

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    Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera has placed his life at risk by taking on the corrupt regime. Opposition political leaders should take immediate measures to provide the Thera with adequate security.( By the way, I suggest that this Thera be referred to as Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera or Maduluwawe Hamuduruwo (Thera) because there are other saffron-robed people known by the name Sobhita.)

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    Nothing is Permanent. The power is the people. They can throw out the current brutal regime in over night. People need a charismatic leader who can tell the truth and bring the people together.

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    Mark my word: Ven. Sobitha will be the common candidate for ‘National Movement for Social Justice’,NGOs, evangelists and Western embassies. And Ranil will be the common candidate for UNP and TNA. And Anura Kumara will be the common candidate for JVP and their unions. MR will be common candidate for SLFP and the parties that back the government.

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      So your logic is that the “buddhist-hating” suddhas and kalu suddhas/nightclub bauddhayo (according to folks like you anyway) are going to front a nationalist buddhist for president?

      Am i the only one who doesn’t shoot up heroin before typing comments here?

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      I AM SURPRISED THERE ARE STILL IDIOTS LIKE YOU AFTER THE CURRENT REGIME HAS DONE SO MUCH DESTRUCTION. EVERY SRI LANKAN WHO SUPPORT THE CURRENT REGIME SHOULD BE SHOT TO DEATH FOR THE SAKE OF THE COUNTRY.

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      kp, My argument of Ven. Sobitha’s common candidature is not going to materialize is based on realistic logic. You’ll see that no major political party (UNP and SLFP and JVP) will back him for they all know that Sobitha like independent EP cannot have or hold 2/3rd of MPs in parliament together to formulate a new constitution. It’s a gimmick for him to be somebody even at his old age.

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    I am always telling that our People are very very ungrateful. They are talking and criticizing our Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi’s daily expenses. Actually he doesn’t need that much as daily expenses as he is always follows Hon. Bandula Gunawardana’s Rs. 2,500/= monthly expenses theory. He need money to give others as charity and donation. As he is “Star of Palestine” he donated US$ 1 million to the Palestins. He paid full cost of Carpeting Roads in Maldive Islands. He spend money to built a Vocational Training Center in an African country. Now there is an Election in Uva Provincial council. He used this money for Dansal in Monaragala and Badulla Mahajanaya. He also distributing materials in that area. He need to send his PSD Security to safeguard Voters rights from UNP and JVP thugs and that is costly affair. Also he need money to buy Mercedes Benz for Mahanayaka’s as “Pirikara” He has to maintain Gaanu 5 Bebadu Balukaya, Rawana Balukaya, Sinhala Gawa Rawaya etc. to protect the Pure Sinhala Buddhism in Sri Lanka and don’t forget those are very expensive.

    His daily expenses will be double when our Independent and Brave Election coma declared Presidential election as there will be a open dansala, Mathata thitha bar in Rajagedara.

    People are only criticizing his expenses but nobody talks about income generate by his family members to the economy. His Brother In-Law Nishantha Wickramasinghe, Chairman Sri Lankan Air Used to contribute Huge income from his Airline to the economy just the same amount of Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthis daily expenses. There are other sources of income such as Mihin Air, Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksha International Airport, Magampura mahinda Rajapaksha International Port etc. etc. One of his brother, Basil Rajapaksha, Mr 15%, brining the “Wasanthaya” to the north while the other brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksha, Chairman White Van Co., giving “wasanthaya” to the South. His Son, Dr.(Future) Namal Rajapaksha giving free Rugby and dancing lessons to Girl Students while helping Girls who has forgotten to apply for University entrance to enter again.

    People should be reasonable and I am sure our Jimmy, T. Modaya, Aathal Sumane, Vibeeshana, Banda will also agree with me.

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    Rajapakse exposed by JVP Anura Kumara in Badalkumbura

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=zXHHG8_m1icE

    Enjoy!

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    The Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera is welcome to exercise his right as a citizen of this country and contest the highest public post in our land. The Venerable Thera is anything but ‘common’. All people of goodwill must extend nothing less than a fair minded consideration of his proposals. The crucial test will come as and when he unveils the rest of his team. It is at this point that we will be be able to make a fair assessment of his chances of carrying out what he proposes.

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    It is not only the president who is very expensive to maintain, but also individuals like the Pope, the Archbishops, Bishops,Ministers, MahaNayakas and the Swamis of Nallur temple and such places.
    I am sure even the Naga Vihara incumbent costs a mint. How many cars does the Naga Vihara have?
    The President’s cost of 234 million should be compared to the cost of a similar head of state, and then it is NOT LARGE.
    There are other, more serious and valid objections against the conduct of this regime, and what is needed is educating the public about it. Ven. Sobhitha can begin by first convincing his own fellow monks, and pressurize the president. Then he will listen. If the Ven. M Sobhitha wishes to run for political office, he should quite the robes and present himself as an Anagarika.
    He knows enough Vinaya to know that
    .

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    Ven Sobhitha will have to go it alone as the opposition is in disarray. It is likely the others will stand down and support him as a single issue candidate.

    Now Sarath Silva is busy trying to postpone the election. Why this kalabala to prolong the EP. Contract from MR? SS is said to have been asked to look into the possibility of amending the constitution? Premptive strike by MR?

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    The widest publicity should be given by the Sinhala media and the patriotic via social media and other to educate the Sinhala people to this criminal extravagance by the Rajapakses why the prices of their petrol, diesel, Electricity, Gas, bus-rail travel, Sugar, Milk Powder, Rice, Flour, Meat etc. are rising almost monthly.
    The Rajapakses, by careful and sinister design, use the kept-media, much of which bludgeoned to meek submission. The underworld backed agitprop agents are generously used to mislead the fool about the real state of the economy of the country. Goons of the organised crime world, under the control of the State, are used to break up genuine
    demonstrations of the working class rising against the unbearable Cost of Living.

    Backlash

    • 0
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      Those who live in villages and Sinhala people in particular understand that the aim of the government is to develop a viable diary farming industry. They know that if milk powder is bought down from rich countries with advanced technology cheap dairy farming could never develop in our rural setting.

      Electricity may be expensive in Sri Lanka but it is available 24 hours which is not the case in any other SE country or Tamil Nad. Hence villagers and Sinhala people in particular do not grumble about the expense for a steady supply.

      You guys hate Rajapakse for other reasons and we like them for the same reasons you hate them. We’re not sayings Rajapakses are perfect but they’are best Sri Lanka had since independence. Fortunately, majority Sri Lankans know alternative will be a recipe for disaster.

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        mechanic,

        I think this is the right time for you to change the Oil and don’t forget to change the filter also.

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        mechanic

        “Electricity may be expensive in Sri Lanka but it is available 24 hours which is not the case in any other SE country or Tamil Nad.”

        Twenty million (Tamil, Sinhalese & Muslims) live in this island not in Tamilnadu,hence the people of this island don’t give a damn whether Tamilnau has 24 or 0 hour electricity supply.

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          Idiotic Vedda doesn’t know that it is best to compare living standard of a Sri Lankans with that of our immediate neighbors in Tamil Nad. Leave out electricity not even half the people in Tamil Nad has toilets. I pity them for they shit everywhere like animals. Good that Modi promised to build toilets for them. As for Sri Lankans all have toilets and 94% have electricity. And half of sri Lanka electricity consumers pay under Rs 150 if they use less than 30 unit and Rs.400 if used less than 60 units. Heavy users like me can invest in solar energy and sell excess power back to CEB when not needed and their get their bills compensated and pay virtually nothing in the end.

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            mechanic

            It is not for you stupid people to compare standards between two countries. Standards are set by UNDP. For once read the report which can be accessed on:

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    So what. If someone has taken a loan he/she has to pay it off as soon as possible to avoid mounting interest. MR may be trying to pay it off before you become the next president so that you will be lucky to rule a country with no debts. By the way one question ; are you hoping to take oath as the next president in yellow robe or are you are going to remove the robe and become gihi like.. king Therapuththaabhaya

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    EP is ok.
    At least he saved the country from barbaric IGERS.

    It is provincial councils which costs billions need to be abolished.

    90% of the MPs in the parliament are useless, jokers, thugs & drug dealers.

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    Hamuduruwane
    Millions are spent to protect the leader of any country. Not only MR. People must protect their their leader at any cost. Do you agree that if MR kept the terrorism continue, that he would have to spend more to protect threatened people?

    We all respected you and unfortunately,you are losing it
    Ruwan

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    First is it possible or suitable a monk to contest!!! then what does Ven. Sobhitha know about the constitution and its powers related to each other!!! If he is going to abolish the E/ Presidency then what is he going to do for the 13th amendment? Who ‘s got the say take actions related to defence, unity eta. Because with all these powers given, in year 2000 that traitor Ranil when to Singapore and sign the peace accord even without his Cabinet knowing. So what can we expect if the EP is abolished!!! The best thing Ven. Sobhitha should do is leave the robes, go to university and do a digree in constitution and politics. Then start talking. Other wise please go and chant Bana and sleep well. Do some meditation if mined is not set!!! Without mucking the country.

  • 0
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    It shows majortity community are “MPDAYAS”

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    Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera just wants to abolish the Executive Presidency with out any proper plan. The ultimate beneficiary of this foolish act will be not the country but only Ranil. Have you forgotten How Ranil tried to divide this country by signing an accord with Praba and LTTE without Even having Executive Presidency power with him. Could you do anything to prevent it at that time? No, But only The Executive Precedency came to rescue the country at that time. As a results of your act and If country goes to the worst you are soly responsible and your name will add to the history as another Dewa..tha

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    Yes that could be right with digits the Rev, Sobitha have told. but can Rev Sobitha assure the common candidate will abolish executive power and bring down all expenses two third and secure and equal all rights for each and every citizen?
    we have seen many sandhana now a days but non of them did not do what they have told us. so Rev Sobitha although you say is right we truly can not beleive you even you wear yellow robe.but we will definitely send all corrupt ministers home next General Election. but to be honest with you Rev Sobitha we still love Mahinda Rajapaksha since he much better person who loves country most as other all leadres during these decays. i believe that he can turn things up for every citizen.
    and now you [Rev Sobitha] or any one else can be brave since there are no Tyre cremation on roads or any where else. we sad about no one else being brave to open there mouth and raise voice against Premadsas era.
    lets work together and bring country up.

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    Did Ven Sobitha drive his Merc to Maharagama Sunday Pola to check the price of Keera Kola?.

    JHU leader Champika Ranawaka says abolition of the Presidency is sure to give Sambandan and the Diaspora their Eelaam.

    And he is one of the few brainy ones the poor Sinhala Buddhist majority have on their side.

    Western Embassies and High Commissions will carve out the Rainbow Coalition Cabinet like a Beef Carcass . says Champika.

    And it will be the end or the beginning of the end of the little prosperity peace and harmony which the great majority is enjoying after 30 years of punishment meted out to them with the help of the same West.

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    by introducing excursive president system and change constitution that JR did crime more than LTTTE in the country.today ill administration system mountain of corruption and drugs import like prime minister office does clearance of drugs containers under current lawless system, every criminal got post of president adviser.if we do not change we are going to break all world record appointing more than 100 ministers and deputies after next election.every temple are going to have casinos.police has no power to carry out any duty and entire legal system is politically motivated and corrupted.if we do not change this dirty political system current level sri lanka will soon become a number one drugs wholes sales distribution and storage place in the world.this is the end game.we do not have more time to wait any more change,it is now we do have to stop this crime and get new direction to country.

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    Its good to hear ven Sobitha exposing Rajapakse wasting public money.

    Its better if Ven Thero tally his demand by letting us know who and who are funding his campaign for we can then satisfy that there are no parties with hidden interest under cover of his ‘social justice’ campaign.

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    Guy thinks only in terms of magic wands. Executive presidency is imperative for another term or so otherwise Sri Lanka will be like “Imagine (John Lennon)” with Jayalalitha overseeing……(good thing, but it will take another thousand years to implement with inter-national consensus on the concept, of which Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera can be part purveyor of).

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    mechanic
    Sri Lanka has non-stop electricity?
    Thats news to me
    When i lived there a few years ago, we used to get power cuts all the time

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    I’m Tamil and i think that Rev.Sobitha Thera will be a good choice for the country’s future! The RAJAPAKSA regime is a corrupt one, it’s a nepotist government with all the Rajapaksa family as ministers or other strategic title. Sobitha is a moderate, progressive and intelligent candidate who can bring the comunnity together for a better futur, for the nation and the people.

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